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On My Way: Books for Kindergarteners

Picture Books:

Agee, John. Milo's Hat Trick.
Searching for a new trick, Milo the magician discovers a bear that can disappear into a hat.

Ahlberg, Allan. The Adventures of Bert.
Bert has some hilarious adventures during a very busy day.

Alborough, Jez. Fix-it Duck.
Duck's cheerful attempts to fix things have chaotic and hilarious results.

Aylesworth, Jim. The Tale of Tricky Fox.
In this folktale flavored tale set in New England, Tricky Fox's travels to get a pig are thwarted by a wise teacher.

Child, Lauren. I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato.
Charlie succeeds in giving his younger sister, Lola, who is a very fussy eater, her dinner by renaming the foods she doesn't like.

Daly, Niki. Jamela's Dress.
Jamela finds herself in trouble when she damages the new fabric that her mother has bought to sew a dress for a special occasion.

Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George.
When George's mother asks George to bark like a normal puppy, she is shocked to hear (and see) what comes out of his mouth.

Gilliland, Judith. Not in the House, Newton!
Objects come to life as Newton draws them with a magic crayon that he finds in the grass in front of his house.

Graham, Bob. Max.
Born into a family of superheroes, Max discovers that small deeds done quietly can be as significant as the great deeds of his superhero parents.

Henkes, Kevin. Wemberly Worried.
Wemberly, who worries about everything, is especially worried about starting school.

Johnson, Angela. Julius.
Maya's Alaskan pig teaches her how to have fun, while she teaches him manners.

Lester, Helen. Hooway for Wodney Wat.
Rodney becomes a hero and his classmates stop teasing hime, after his turn to be the leader for Simon Says makes the bully misinterpret Wodney's directions.

Lum, Kate. What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story.
Patrick has his first sleepover at Granny's but she has forgotten to provide a bed, a blanket, or even a teddy bear.

McMullan, Kate. I Stink!
Meet a garbage truck (with an attitude) who delights in eating dirty diapers and moldy meatballs.

Massie, Diane. The Baby Beebee Bird.
The Baby Beebee Bird sings all night long, keeping the other zoo animals from getting any sleep.

Pinkney, Brian. Max Found Two Sticks.
Because Max doesn't feel like talking to anyone, he uses two sticks to beat out rhythms on things around his house.

Plourde, Lynn. Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud.
A family out for a drive on a muddy road encounters one animal after another in the 'muddy rud' until someone finally clears the 'rud'.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Mice and Beans.
As Rosa Maria prepares all week for the fiesta for her Little Catalina's birthday, she has more than a little help from the mice in her house.

Rylant, Cynthia. The Ticky-Tacky Doll.
Starting school means leaving the beloved ticky-tacky doll at home, but grandmother comes to the rescue with a miniature version.

Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike.
Will Duck start a new sensation among the barnyard animals when he decides to ride a bike?

Simont, Marc. Stray Dog.
A little dog appears at a family picnic in the park and works his way into the hearts of each family member, but can they keep him?


Diakite, Baba. The Hatseller and the Monkeys.
BaMusa, the hatseller, learns an important lesson from the mischievous monkeys that have taken his hats.

Bruchac, Joseph. How Chipmunk Got His Stripes.
Because of his teasing, Brown Squirrel gets Bear's claw marks down his bck, making him the first chipmunk in this Native American tale.

Ehlert, Lois. Cuckoo.
In this bilingual retelling of a Mayan folktale, Cuckoo's response to a field fire earns her the other birds' respect.

Gilman, Phoebe, Something from Nothing.
A worn blanket is remade into increasingly smaller pieces of clothing - until all that remains is the story of what happened.

Kimmel, Eric. Anansi and the Magic Stick.
Anansi, who is always trying to get out of hard work, steals Hyena's magic stick to do all his chores, but when he forgets to make the stick stop working, an even bigger mess is the result.

Paye, Won-Ldy. Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia.
In order to see where it is going and get food to eat, Head, Arms, Body and Legs must all work together in this Liberian creation story.

Pinkney, Jerry. The Ugly Duckling.
The story of the ridiculed ugly duckling who was really a swan is retold by Jerry Pinkney and graced with his beautiful illustrations.

Salley, Coleen. Epossumondas.
Being a bit of a noodlehead, Epossumondas attracts humorous mishaps to his adventurous visits to Auntie's house.

Sierra, Judy. Tasty Baby Belly Buttons.
Brave little Uriko plans to rescue the village babies from the wicked oni in this Japanese folktale.

Sturges, Philemon. The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.
A detailed version of the traditional story with labeled foods and 'other stuff,' where in the end, after eating a scrumptious pizza, the hen's three friends do help with the dishes.

Chapter Books:

Cameron, Ann. The Stories Huey Tells.
Huey is a 'tracker, and a traveler, and a scout' by himself and with his older brother, Julian and their friend Gloria.

Fine, Anne. The Jamie and Angus Stories.
Imaginative Jamie and his lovable toy bull are inseparable friends.

King-Smith, Dick. Sophie's Tom.
Five-year-old Sophie's relationship with a stray cat helps her to deal with her first school experience and reaffirms her desire to be a farmer when she grows up.

Lowry, Lois. Zooman Sam.
Sam's enthusiasm over his future job choice - zookeeper - fuels a project at his nursery school.

Mahy, Margaret. The Five Sisters.
A string of five paper dolls cut from a folded piece of paper begin their exciting adventures when a breeze blows them away.

Rylant, Cynthia. The Lighthouse Family: the Storm.
Pandora the cat is a lonely lighthouse keeper until a bad storm brings her a very unexpected family.

Wells, Rosemary. Timothy's Tales from Hilltop School.
Six funny and heartwarming stories about the ups and downs of a kindergarten class.

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